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Posted: August 1, 2012 9:07 a.m.

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Schulz defeats Flanagan


Tony Flanagan with his family Tuesday night waiting for primary election results.

In another of the more heated races this year, incumbent Nancy Schulz and challenger Tony Flanagan squared off with Schulz pulling out the win with 954 votes.

"It's always exciting and I'm thrilled that the Democratic voters have the confidence in me to put me back in office. I really want to thank not only the voters, but all of my campaign workers. Every single vote counts and we went out for every single voter in the district."

Schulz said in a previous interview that she was seeking a second term in 2012 because she felt much work is left to be done.

"I really do feel like we've built a sense of community, but there's still a lot more to do. I just see that we're still on the cusp of transcending from where we are now to where we want to be, especially if we're looking at the 2050 Plan," Schulz said Saturday.

"It's important to get the community to work together with me. I can't do it by myself. I do believe, with my business background, that we're really on the cusp of moving and catapulting to that next level where we all want to see Newton County be. That's why I feel that my work is not done."

Schulz said she is most proud of the creation of the Almon Overlay District, a zoning plan which requires higher-quality development in the Almon community and Crowell Road corridor. The plan also called for a town center area to be created and for mixed use residential-retail developments to be allowed in specific areas.

"We brought together citizens from that entire corridor for them to determine how they wanted that corridor to look for the future. We had a lot of meetings. It wasn't always what everybody wanted out of it, but we came together and created a good, solid plan," she said.

When asked about her future priorities, she stayed in the zoning vein, mentioning she's looking forward to working on a planned Salem ordinance overlay.

"We know what happened in the western part of the county, sprawl with no building standards. When you invest in your home, for most people, that is your greatest investment, and we want the entire environment to stay quality. For those people in the western part of the county to have ordinances that say any future development will look like this and we as the community will decide that that's really important to me," she said.

She said she hopes those zoning efforts, along with other parts of the 2050 Build-Out Plan, will help make the county more attractive to industries, retail businesses and young people who would otherwise leave the county.

"The one thing I hear from people is ‘Please bring jobs. Please bring jobs.' We have let the per capita income decline in NC, and we have to bring it back up," she said. "I see so many young people who leave this community, because they don't see the vision of why they come back and invest in this community."

Schulz is the controller of The Oaks Golf Course, which she and her husband, Dick, have owned since the early 1990s. The couple became majority owners in 1992.

She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in nursing and earned her master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Schulz also works as a nurse practitioner at the Newton County Health Department one day a week.

Schulz is a former chairman of the Covington Y board and said she was involved in the school system while her children were in school.

She has been married to Dick for 32 years, and the couple has two children, Alexandria 26, and Richard, 23.


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